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's first african-american president reminded us -- reminded all of us that today's economic inequities mean there's still much more work to do. i was there for the day's commemoration as some 100,000 people gathered to hear more than 200 speakers. everyone from former presidents, carter and clinton, to activists and civil rights leaders. at points there was a spontaneous song. >> i don't know about you, b bbu but -- ♪ i woke up with my mind stayed on freedom ♪ >> and even celebrities joined in echoing dr. king's words. >> and as the bells toll today at 3:00, let us ask ourselves how will the dream live on in me and you and all of us? >> and those bells did toll. on the national mall and all over the country, they rang to commemorate dr. king's call to let freedom ring. and then on the very same steps from which dr. king addressed the country decades earlier, president obama brought the point of today home. today is not just about commemorating the dream, but advancing it. because those who came before us worked too hard, sacrificed too much for us not to keep working. >> through setback
and flagrant use of chemical weapons against its own citizens. it comes just hours after white house intelligence report was released. detailing the horrors within that country and the evidence that it has against the assad regime. the president met earlier today with his national security team. and while he confirmed that no final decision has been made, he said the atrocities cannot be ignored. >> this kind of attack is a challenge to the world. we cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale. this kind of attack threatens our national security interests by violating well established international norms against the use of chemical weapons, by further threatening friends and allies of ours in the region like israel and turkey and jordan, and it increases the risk that chemical weapons will be used in the future and fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us. >> his comments come after secretary of state kerry laid out a forceful case for a strike against syria. >> the american intelligence community has hig
a decision on whether to strike syria over the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. at this very hour, top administration officials are briefing members of congress about the situation there on the chemical attacks that left hundreds dead. and what our military options are. but taking this country into war should never be done with a rush to judgment. and the president made that clear. >> what i've said is that we have not yet made a decision, but the international norm against the use of chemical weapons needs to be kept in place. we are consulting with our allies. we are consulting with the international community. and, you know, i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria. but we do have to make sure that when countries break international enormous on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they're held accountable. >> yes. someone needs to be held accountable. and the rationale for a strike isn't cut and dry. as the associated press reports, the case against syrian president assad is no slam-dunk. and there are questions remaining about who ac
respecting the danger of good police work and our desire especially those of us who live in tough neighborhoods to have police doing their job. which includes respecting the people they take the responsibility to protect. we do it a little different here on "hardball." that's why i want you out there watching when we go exclusively next week to 7:00 eastern. this is important stuff. it's not easy. i need you with me. that's "hardball" for now, thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, 50 years after dr. martin luther king's i have a dream speech, republicans have their own dream. to impeach president obama. it's the latest sign of just how desperate the gop has become. they lost the election, they don't have an agenda, they they can't stop the president's health care law. that's why you're hearing ridiculous talk about impeachment at town halls with republican lawmakers. >> he needs to be stopped. we need to get that -- it should have been started a long, long time ago. is someb
. even though the decimated the al qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11, al qaeda affiliates and like-minded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our businesses abroad. we've got to take these threats seriously and do all we can to confront them. >> as we speak american diplomats and members of the military are serving in harm's way overseas. it's time for us all to unite. but some republican politicians think it's time to take pot shots at the president. >> it causes our allies to be concerned. >> these al qaeda types are on steroids thinking we're weaker. >> you don't have to close your embassies like cowards to go running away. >> a bunch of cowards? that's beyond offensive. and some right wing pundits think the terror threat is just another excuse to attack the president. >> they're lying to themselves. they've been lying to us. >> a year ago the president said al qaeda is on the run. and now we seem to be on the run. >> some have criticized the closings as, you know, running and hiding when the u.s. should be st
is this way now? well, that's hardball for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight lead, the shut it down party. republicans are back in their home districts for a long vacation after basically doing nothing. for some of the far right, that means drumming up support for shutting down the government and killing the president's health care law. republican senator ted cruz is leading the charge. >> there are some democrat, some in the media, maybe even some republicans who portray a shutdown as a horrible calamity. i think the term shutdown is a misnomer. it's actually a partial temporary shutdown. what happened was nonessential government services were temporarily suspended while the cr expired. now, that happens every single week on the weekend. >> sure, it happens every weekend. who cares if soldiers don't get paid? in the gop world, shutting down the government is like going to the movies. it's the kind of logic that claims a shutdown would actually be good politics for the gop. >> there
on this historic occasion. >> thank you. >> thank you for having us. >> let me start with you, martin. tomorrow we are having the continuation march that you and i have spearheaded saying that we must combat today's ills and what remains. but let's go back 50 years ago. your father made a speech that has been called one of the great orations in american history. and yet to him -- to you he was just dad. and you continuing to fight in his tradition, what does it mean for you to be here where your father literally changed history? >> well, rev, what it means to me is that while we reflect, recognize what he and his team -- dr. lowrie being one of those -- was to transform this nation in a most positive way so that people -- he took the words interestingly enough, the words of our history and really made poetic music out of it. it was quite remarkable. that's the positive side. the challenge and opportunities that exist today in a sense state that in many senses we've made individual progress, but collective progress we haven't made enough of. when we look at the unemployment rate in african-american
space. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm chris jansing tuning in for al sharpton, who will be joining us shortly. tonight's lead, face-to-face with her captor. remarkable drama unfolded inside the cleveland courtroom today. the cleveland kidnapper ariel castro stood just feet away from one of his captives as he was sentenced to life in prison plus one thousand years. in a chilling scene, castro appeared to turn around and look directly at michelle knight, the first woman he abducted. but she didn't waver. after years of imprisonment, she would not be silenced. >> never got shorted, days turned into nights, nights turned into days. years turned into eternity. i knew nobody cared about me. he told me that my family didn't care. i spent 11 years in hell. now your hell is just beginning. i will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell for eternity. from this moment on, i will not let you define me. >> i will let you define me. those were the words
. that's "hardball" for now. thank you for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, michael, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, the collapse of the gop law and order scare tactic. today republicans were trying to defend new york's stop and frisk program, even though a federal judge ruled that it violates people's constitutional rights. >> if holder and obama want to investigate a police department, why don't they look at chicago? >> this single act alone is enough to cause it to go in another direction. it's another step closer to making new york city like detroit. >> we've heard this kind of talk before. but america is a different country. voters are rejecting 40 years of gop scare tactics. voters are supporting the obama administration's move to end severe mandatory sentences for low-level nonviolent drug offenders. of course, over at fox, they don't get it. >> they're not pot smokers. they're not pill poppers. >> wait a second. 50%. but the thing, what if the kid has a drug problem? >> then you get the kid to rehab or lock him in the
you for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, michael. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, america is getting smart on crime. but the right wing is playing dumb. they just can't seem to understand why a judge would rule that a police program like new york's stop and frisk discriminates against minorities. >> you're looking at a presumption that the new york city police department is going out every morning and targeting young black males. all right? they want to roust young black males. and i don't believe that for a second. they're not just walking around going hey, you, come over here. all right? they're trying to suppress violent crime and they're succeeding. >> bill doesn't believe it. i guess he just doesn't believe the hundreds of thousands of blacks and latino victims who are stopped for no reason. but maybe he'd belief it if he heard it straight from the police. here's an audiotape of a commander ordering an officer to target blacks. this tape was played at the stop and frisk trial. >> take motte haven where we had t
's "hardball." for now, thanks for being with us. "politics nation with al sharpton" starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, the gop's cruel intentions. the republican party has a message for the uninsured. for those struggling to get guy, for those yearning to make a life here in america. it's called you're on your own. in town halls across the country, gop lawmakers are attacking the president's health care law that helps millions of americans. too bad for the gop, they're getting some unexpected response. >> i believe that obama care is bad for america. i do. and the reason is -- and so does the president. >> what about the seniors in your district? >> what about us? >> what about us? >> excuse me real quick. the congressman was very respectful about -- >> tell him to stop lying. >> given that reaction, you'd think the party might want to rethink its plans to defund the health care law, right? wrong. today the right wing heritage group kicked off a defund obama care tour aimed at killing the law and, get this, some republicans even want
is comparing the use of food stamps to slavery. in an interview he said access to food and water is not a right, because, quote, once you conscript people and say oh, it's a right, then really you're in charge. it's servitude. you're in charge of me, and i'm supposed to do whatever you want to tell me to do. so if you take food stamps, you're accepting servitude. senator, what about if you're hungry? and it doesn't stop at food stamps. here is what republican congressman dave joyce was caught on tape saying about the unemployed. >> there's three million jobs every month in this country that go unand -- and want to learn the necessary skills to go forward and be able to do those kinds of jobs. >> three million unemployed people can't find jobs because they're on drugs? this is how mean-spirited and cruel the republican party has become. here is gop governor tom corbett of pennsylvania a few months ago. >> there are many employers that say we're looking for people, but we can't find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them. and that's a concern for me. >> well, governor, here is what a
looking at cause and effect. >> it's working. that's why crime is down. >> in cities that use stop and frisk like new york, the murder rate is much lower. >> chicago and philly don't have stop and frisk. chicago has a murder rate of four times new york's murder rate. and philly has it at about triple. >> you wish tie department philly's tactics over new york city, you're accomplice to mass murder. >> the murder rate in new york city will skyrocket. >> stop and frisk, lowered murder rates in new york city? it's a great theory for the right. too bad the facts don't back it up. new york's murder rate began dropping well before stop and frisk was kicked into high gear. murders were down 74% from 1990 to 2002. but after the surge in stop and frisk, the trend slowed down. the murder rate decreased by just 12%. racial profiling did not make new york a safer city. this kind of approach doesn't work. and the rest of the country knows it. this week attorney general eric holder announced the end of severe mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and said it's time to move in a new di
,000 people used the city's metro system, most to go to the rally and march. we came out to retrace the steps of dr. king and others, and to say we will fight for our right to vote. >> i gave of blood on that bridge in selma, alabama, for the right to vote. i am not going to stand by and let the supreme court take the right to vote away from us. you cannot stand by. you cannot sit down. you've got to stand up, speak up, speak out, and get in the way, make some noise. >> they're coming with all these schemes, voter id. well, we always had id. why do we need new id now? we had id when we voted for johnson. we had id when we voted for nixon. we id when we voted for those that succeeded him -- carter, reagan, bush, clinton, bush again. why when we get to obama do we need some special id? >> the justice department is already suing texas to stop its new voter id law and reports say that north carolina's extreme voting restrictions will likely be next in line for attorney general eric holder, who also spoke on saturday. >> we must remember generations who carry themselves on a day-to-day basis with
in. >> you might not know but the rest of us do. joining me now, richard wolff and nia-malika henderson. >> great to be with you. >> richard, let me start with you. are republicans living in a fantasy land? do they actually think the president will kill the signature achievement of his presidency? >> no. they don't. and they also understand very well that when this goes into full effect, it will be impossible to roll it back. there are just too many popular provisions. now, they may also think genuinely that this is going to crush the entire budget position of the united states. but they know that this kind of thing, these, what they call entitlements, what the rest of us think of as a basic human right. those things are actually popular and it is very hard to pull them back after they come in. that's exactly why they have tried so hard to stop it from going into effect. they also know that this has failed. they don't have another script. there is no other play book for trying to whip people up. what we saw with the recovery act, we saw with the stimulus, they're very h
as the land god gave us. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. \s. >>> i'm live tonight from washington, d.c. tonight's lead, a taste of their own medicine. president obama hit the road today with a message aimed at republicans he es had enough. >> we've seen a faction of republicans in congress that suggest that maybe america shouldn't pay its bills that have already been run up, that we should shut down government if they could shut down obama care. you know, that won't grow our economy, that won't cede jobs, that won't help our middle class. >>> he's right, we could afford it. what doesn't the gop understand? the law was passed, signed into law, upset by the supreme court, reaffirmed by the election. bron chanting. >> gentlemen, thank you for sharing your views. why would you oppose december it's going to. >>> the people have made it clear they're sick of the gop games and the president's going to make sure that republicans get that mijts. joinings me now, thank you for coming on do republicans think they can stop th
heart number one it will pass, or number two it's appropriate, you need to represent us. and we're tired of having to come down on this again and again. >> let me talk to you a little bit about the consequences of what a complete government shutdown is. number one, that means your troops in the field don't get paid. military is not -- i'm sorry, yes. well, of course i wouldn't do that. but that would happen. that -- well, now i listened to your question, and i'll let you have the microphone again if you want to. >> republican tom cole getting booed for saying that it's more important to pay the troops than hold a government hostage to right-wing demands. and he is not the only one. >> this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee and meadows here to defund obama care, yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. do you think harry reid is going to pass anything in the senate? >> it doesn't matter. well need to show the american people we stand for conservative values. >> what kind of value system is shutting down the government? here is another r
with us, and thank you, chris, for allowing me this privilege this week. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, michael, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, the gop's three-ring circus. today yet another sitting republican congressman is on the hook for embracing this hateful rodeo clown. who wore a president obama mask at the missouri state fair. congressman steve king tweeted, "mr. president, invite the rodeo clown to the white house for a beer summit. take the temperature down. have a laugh, relax. it's not about race." it's not about race. the fair goer who shot this video said other clowns played with the lips on the obama mask, and that the whole thing felt like a clan rally. this is ugly and tone deaf, but increasingly, the republican party is refusing to listen to anyone except its own carnival barkers. today republicans voted to boycott nbc and cnn as debate sponsors if the networks don't scrap their hillary clinton films. >> we're done putting up with this nonsense. there are plenty of other news outlets. we'll still reach voters, maybe more
zooming. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, the national disgrace that is today's gop. a party with an agenda that is immoral, unjust, and unamerican. today house republicans held their 40th vote to roll back president obama's health care law. every single gop lawmaker voted for it. voting to hurt health care and to take it away from millions of americans. >> this was a do nothing congress, and now it has gone to something worse. it's a make matters worse congress. we should not leave until we address the challenges that we face. >> that's right. this makes matters worse, congress. it is celebrating by going on vacation for the entire month of august. and when they get back, some of these republicans may actually try to shut down the government in order to kill obama care. today we also got some shocking news about the republican plan for food stamps. they were already calling for a $20 billion cut, which would kick about five million people off food
for its operations. that's "hardball" for now. thank you for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, michael, and thanks to you for tuning in. >>> tonight's lead, president obama calls out republicans. late this afternoon, the president gave a news conference at the white house. he strongly defended his health care law, and he slammed republican extremists for their threat to shut down the government if obama care isn't defunded. >> between october 1st into march, there will be an open enrollment period in which millions of americans for the first time are going to be able to get affordable health care. now i think the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> they are holy grail. their number one priority. >> the notion is simply that those 30 million people or the 150 m
of us that have stood against stop and frisk from the beginning have been attacked. we've been called race hustlers and all kinds of things. but what are you going to say about a federal judge who is saying people should not be humiliated? i remember how we marched just last june, tens of thousands of us we brought down fifth avenue, past the mayor's house, naacp, local national action network, all of us marching, and taking the attacks of all those on the right. only to say we want the crime to stop. we do not want to have our communities become victimized by crime. but do you know how humiliating it is to be stopped five, ten times, and you never did anything? we should not have communities that have to worry about the cops and the robbers. joining me now is an attorney for the center for constitutional rights, the group that filed a lawsuit, and two of the plaintiffs in the case, david hourlic and nicholas perth. thank you both for being here and congratulations on the ruling today. >> thank you. >> i congratulate david and nicholas because i know there was no guarantee if you stoo
" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, hey, republicans, let's get ready to crumble! the gop is going to cave when it comes to health care. it's not a matter of if, just when. need an example? today president obama visited arizona. and just look who went to the airport to greet him, republican governor jan brewer. look, she is all smiles. gee, isn't that a big change from her last airport pickup. last year, governor brewer was waving her finger in the president's face. she was defiant. back then, she was one of the health care law's strongest critics. that was then. this is now. just listen to her sing the praises of the law just last month. >> in a few minutes, i will sign into law legislation that extends cost-effective health care to hundreds of thousands of arizona's working poor, our friends and our neighbors in need. this legislation will protect arizona's hospitals. it will create thousands of jobs, and it will save lives. >> you heard the governor. it will save live
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